A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

In the coming years, US special forces may be riding a tw0-wheel drive, hybrid-electric, multi-fuel motorcycle co-developed by BRD Motorcycles and Logos Technologies. Helping make this project possible is a Small Business Innovation Research grant from DARPA. The goal is to make a single-track vehicle for US expeditionary and special forces that will be nearly silent in operation, yet also capable of traveling long distances. Details on the proposed machine are light, of course, but it sounds like the 2WD dirt bike will be based off the BRD RedShift MX (shown above), and use an electric drivetrain, as well as a multi-fuel internal combustion engine to achieve its goals.

Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Aaron Yates and Geoff May to Race in WSBK with EBR

12/05/2013 @ 2:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler35 COMMENTS

Aaron Yates and Geoff May to Race in WSBK with EBR erik buell racing logo 635x425

In October when Erik Buell Racing announced that it would be making the move into the World Superbike Championship, the American sport bike company wasn’t saying much about its racing program.

Geoff May soon intoned his participation with the team, confirming his presence in WSBK to Greg White on Greg’s Garage, though May’s teammate was unknown at the time.

That mystery seems to be over, as World Superbike media front-man Michael Hill has released a list of confirmed entries for the 2014 World Superbike season, with Yate’s and May’s names listed for the Erik Buell Racing entry.

The news shouldn’t be terribly surprising to race fans, as Erik Buell Racing had been tipped to keep its all-American lineup as it stepped onto the world stage in WSBK. With an American team and two American riders in the series now, hopefully the premier production motorcycle racing series will have some more appeal to American viewers — something the World Superbike Championship needs desperately.

What remains to be seen is how the EBR 1190RX will go against the top production bikes from Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, MV Agusta, and Suzuki. Despite AMA Pro Racing’s recent proposal for rule changes, Erik Buell Racing is still moving into a championship with a very different rules package — one that isn’t terribly friendly to two-cylinder engines.

Also it will be interesting to see if Erik Buell Racing will continue to field a squad in AMA Pro Road Racing, now that its A-team is departing for World Superbike. Or, if like Michael Jordan Motorsports, EBR is just another defection from the American racing series.

Source: Michael Hill Promotions (Facebook)


  1. Bill says:

    Very cool. I doubt they will run AMA now. Yamaha needs to pip Graves to run it’s WSBK operation and head there this year.

  2. TexusTim says:

    okay..aron is friggin 42 and finished 8th this year may is younger but finished 9th..this is a winning combination in world superbike? pardon me but this is not a winning combination. more like a way to sell more bikes before buell falls on its ass again..sorry but this guy just cant get it right. he gobbles up partners money chassing things without the right bike or formula.

  3. Bill says:

    Who’s money did he gobble up exactly? HD? Not exactly, they limited his designs, distribution, and creativity by making him use HD motors until the very end. When he finally built the 1125 they shut him down. Different bike than last year, different rules, and frankly a more fair formula. Will they win, probably not next year. Last year they gave up power everywhere to the inline 4s. This years bike if it makes anywhere the published numbers will not have that issue.

  4. TexusTim says:

    um everyone he come into contact with man..just look at the whole picture..his history and all the P.O.S. sitting in peoples garage’s there investers too ya know?

  5. Grant Crandall says:

    1. IF we can watch it on TV, life will be good

    2. So much for Texicans flying our flag.

  6. Anvil says:

    Tim, this year is almost certainly a development year for EBR as they’re running in the EVO class. Next year, all teams will run EVO spec. May has been the development rider since almost the beginning of EBR, so that makes some sense. I would have liked to see them pull in a young rider from the AMA as May’s team mate, since there are a few with some real talent, but I’ll assume Yates is there for his experience.

    Next year, I would expect a more concerted effort to get towards the sharp end.

  7. TexusTim says:

    dont you think they tried for that? they may have even aproched hayden but no one is going for it but these two…mays may get some top tens . but I do not think they will be a threat or there for very long…sorry i’ve seen this movie before..I’m not hating them as some may think, just being direct to the bone.

  8. ircsmith says:

    Hey…..I love my POS (aka Buell) Eric may have missed the mark a few times but never gobbled up money for some scam. have to some what agree on the riders. dont get me wrong I like May and Yates. Yates can be a bit of a poor looser at times but he can ride.
    I plan to watch and hope for the best.

  9. Zach says:

    Is the AARP sponsoring the team? Why wouldn’t they go after young talent?

  10. Frank says:

    Holy f@*k Tim… drink a beer and recline. Erik Buell is an American genius. Like his quirky designs or not, he IS American sport bikes. I for one am stoked to see an American sport bike on the world stage. On the street, on the race track… whatever. The more the merrier. Drop the negativity. EBR might not land a single point next year, but to start in the EVO class when the entire series is headed in that direction is the smartest, if not only way in.

    If I remember correctly from your previous posts, you’ve watched for Aprilia’s return to MotoGP, applauded Suzuki’s efforts to return… more manufacturer’s right…? EBR a little too close to home? It’s good to be Ameri-critical but give me a break. More manufacturers only encourages competition and ultimately that benefits us as fans and consumers. Plus, an American platform in WSBK might give the young American talent a gateway to the world stage in the near future. Cameron Beaubier anyone…? Do I want to see him on an EBR WSBK? No. I’d rather him on a Moto2 bike, but hey – I’ll take what I can get if it means getting out talent out into the world. Open your mind and take a deep breathe. It’s the offseason. We can get harsh when the racing starts…

  11. Norm G. says:

    re: “Why wouldn’t they go after young talent?”

    prolly will when he’s ready. right now sorting the kit is job #1. can sort the humans later.


  12. TexusTim says:

    okay had a beer im sorry…i am a good american?

  13. smiler says:

    So glad Buell has recovered from being sat on by the leather chrome and Iron clad old aged pensioner that Harley is. In fact both MV and Buell seem to have become better companies and both will be racing in WSBK.

    Yet again WSBK will be the place to go in order to see great racing and many manufactuers with riders from countries other than Spain.

  14. Steve says:

    would have liked to see Danny Eslick over there mixing it up with them!

  15. philly phil says:

    This is great! i now have another team to root for. I’ve always been an Yates fan, and I’m ambivalent about Buells but, i can root for this team.. Especially since we have no idea how ducati will be next year.
    I’m always happy to see new manufacturers enter the WSBK. I find it way better than MotoGP, i jus wish they’d up their video production efforts and get it on channel that doesn’t require a sports package for cable.

  16. Gabe says:

    I don’t think they will be competitive right out of the gate, but they will improve over the year. Similar to what happened at Macau GP (the EBRs didn’t qualify so well, but gained a good amount of places over the race.)

    Looking at TexusTim’s writing makes me think he was a “child left behind” by the educational system.

  17. KSW says:


    EBR is Hero from India. EBR will do as much to promote Hero here in the states as world wide. I can’t wrap my head around Yates but at least Geoff is being rewarded for years of dutiful hard work for the boss. WSBK has no fans in the stands anywhere and I still believe Dorna should scrap it and let the best teams and limited money that can’t replace teams in a newly structured MGP go to the national “Feeder” series.


    Yep, Graves is one of the best team organizations out there it seems there team from top to bottom is certainly capable of doing on the world stage what they’ve done in the U.S.

    On aged racers, Josh Hayes was doing the fastest night laps at the 24 Hours of Le Mans before the yamaha broke. Faster than the much younger than 40 racers on track.

  18. ircsmith says:

    Maybe Yates is there because he has slung a leg over may types of machinery over the years. his input/comparisons should be useful.

    besides his antics should keep it interesting.

  19. sideswipeasaurus says:

    I think this is great news! Yes they’re going to be lost in the pack at best for many reasons pointed out by others but they will be there. I’ll have to root for them for a good number of reasons.
    1. Another brand in the series and one that isn’t Japanese or European. Adds more world to World Championship.
    2. Serious underdog. This is one guy’s company and design. This is the only bike they make right now. They’re all about sport and racing. They traded some development help to Hero for a little money to help them be something other than a garage outfit turning out bikes but they are a far cry from a factory manufacturer
    3. It’s a big booming Austrian Vtwin in an American chassis. Who doesn’t want to see that?

    Big up to EBR for wading into the deep end. I’m sure they are under no illusions. They’re going to get creamed but will learn a lot. That’s probably reflected in their rider line up. They’re in no position yet to poach some hotshot young euro dwarf GP refugee. That kind of rider might just be wasted on them at this point and only frustrate a rider looking to win. They have what they need. Good, dependable riders who they can communicate with and develop the bike.
    Go EBR!

  20. Looter says:

    The more the merrier I say! It’ll be interesting to see how both MV Augusta and EBR develop during the season.

  21. skellington says:

    How will EBR ever meet the minimum production requirements? I guess the same way MV /Aprilla will, exception to the rules. Seems SBK can bend the rules whichever they want anyway.

    Glad to see them giving it go !

  22. Norm G. says:

    re: “How will EBR ever meet the minimum production requirements?”

    walk in the park Kazanski.

    as someone indicated (post $25million dollar investment), EBR is but the “race face” for India’s Hero.

  23. Norm G. says:

    re: “Graves is one of the best team organizations out there it seems there team from top to bottom is certainly capable of doing on the world stage what they’ve done in the U.S.”

    and what of kit capability under austerity rules…? WSBK (Welfare Super BiKe) unfortunately makes all that a non-starter.


  24. TexusTim says:

    gabe…fook you!! I may be dyslctic but I dont take shots like that at members here on this blog…there is allways some asswipe like you that has to take a shot at me because I mispell or invert words…hate on crybaby hate on like the worls hasn got enouhg of you yet.

  25. Jd says:

    US needs a miracle manufacture to ever win a company whos passion outweighs the cost which at the same time has a product that brings in profits. Buell has passion but no profits.. I wish someone like Apple would do something crazy like that. Ducat:Radios, Yamaha:Pianos, Suzuki:textile machines. My info my be inaccurate but certainly they started not as moto-manu

    one man against the world= tough job

  26. KenRaleligh says:

    Congrats to Aaron, Geoff and EBR!! It’ll be great to see you guys tearing it up in WSB. As a new team, you can relax and let it all hang out!

    Mr. Buell, please build a sport-tourer for us older guys!

  27. Craig says:

    I’m glad to see it and you know… It would have been nice to see someone younger, but this is not cheap racing and I’m sure Aaron is doing this with full pay for the ride, but little $$ in his pocket. May is a great rider on it for sure, but him and Yates were always Nose to Tail last year so we’ll see how things go.

    Danny was the only one that just rode it like he stole it and got the results, but he must still be hoping for a GSXR with MJ Logos on it for Christmas… we’ll see!

    Other than OUR wishes… ALL the best to you Erik… you are growing from nothing to something for the 2nd time… not many have done it once.

    WIN DAWG…. WIN!!!

  28. TheG says:

    Fantastic, Pedercini will have some one to beat. Seriously I thought it was April 1st. I give em 4 races before they pull out – if they make it to the grid at all……….

  29. majortom says:

    Great news! I’ve always liked WSBK, better racing and more brands, and I can relate. Eric is one smart cookie and has been committed to the sport. My new favorite. May and Yates will get their feet wet and then hopefully the next year team EBR can kick some ass.
    I do wonder though about that front brake and am surprised the pundits here have not said a thing about it . Also is there enough fuel in the frame?

  30. paulus says:

    The more the merrier, good luck EBR

    Motorcycle buyers are typically getting older (on average).
    It might be a smart move using some older racers, ones that the buyers can more relate to and root for.

  31. Norm G. says:

    re: “Also is there enough fuel in the frame?”

    fuel in the frame, top end in the engine, braking capability for double ton straights, ram air to support said top end, linkage conversion for the rear shock, etc.

    already crunching the numbers. computer says there is much to do.

  32. Mark B says:

    Well, I wish them the best, but, whether they are American or not, they are going to seriously butt spanked.




  33. Hayabrusa says:

    It doesn’t matter if Americans gain more interest in WSBK, if we can’t get it on TV!! Seriously, I can’t wait to see how we do (esp. old man Yates! – ha!). I think the whole concept is Awesome.

  34. Grey Matter says:

    Another abomination set of posts by TexasTim. You should really try saying something positive rather than being a negative Nancy all the time Tim. I think you are directly overlooking the whole point of having Geoff and Aaron on the team. They are development riders… period. Geoff spear headed the entire rider development of the RS and he did an amazing job with it. When Aaron jumped on, he supplied even more info than Danny did when he pedaled the RS on to multiple podium appearances in 2012.

    Hero’s involvement goes much deeper than just money. EBR is working hand-in-hand with them to develop new engines for their bikes and scooters, some of them being hybrids. And let me remind you that HD had made a poor financial decision with MV Agusta which sent them in a tail spin in the first place. The only reason why they offed Buell was to concentrate on making more outdated image products they call motorcycles.

    It’s rather evident that many posts are made without anyone doing any research or they just assume they know everything. EBR going to WSBK is nothing short of amazing and Erik’s on the right road to success as said by many other folks in the industry.

  35. Mr.X says:

    There’s some fast guys that would ride for food. Yates? Really? Um, it’s 2014 and how many years ago did he get his leg run over, never to ride fast again? You never know what someone might pull out of their ass, but he’d be my 123rd choice.